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Barefoot Summer (A Chapel Springs Romance) by [Hunter, Denise]
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“Hunter’s latest Chapel Springs Romance is a lovely story of lost and found, with a heroine struggling to accept that trusting God doesn’t make life perfect---without loss or sorrow---but can bring great joy. The hero’s love for her and willingness to lose her to save her is quite moving.” (Romantic Times, 4 stars)

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Madison's heart has been closed for years. But one summer can change everything.
In the years since her twin brother's drowning, Madison McKinley has struggled to put it behind her. Despite the support of her close-knit family and her gratifying job as a veterinarian in their riverside town, the loss still haunts her.

To find closure, Madison sets out to fulfill her brother's dream of winning the town's annual regatta. But first she has to learn to sail, and fast.

Beckett O'Reilly knows Madison is out of his league, but someone neglected to tell his heart. Now she needs his help--and he'll give it, because he owes her far more than she'll ever know.

Madison will do anything--even work with the infamous Beckett O'Reilly--to reach her goal. And as much as she'd like to deny it, the chemistry between them is electrifying. As summer wanes, her feelings for him grow and a fledgling faith takes root in her heart.

But Beckett harbors a secret that will test the limits of their new love. Can their romance survive summer's challenges? And will achieving her brother's dream give Madison the peace she desperately seeks?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3065 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 4 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Canada Limited
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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By Kav TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 18 2013
Format: Paperback
A superb summer read destined to become a classic. No surprise there, since Denise Hunter is the author. The first in the new Chapel Springs series, Barefoot Summer is a breathtaking escape read that will leave you clamouring for more. The story is anchored by incredible main characters, both grappling with the depth of their past hurts. Hunter has such an uncanny gift for developing a romance steeped in emotion and uncertainty. But there's sizzle and hope there as well which makes for a spellbinding combination. What evolves is a stunning story which centres on letting go and letting God.
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Better than average romance novel with a few twists and turns and a bit of a surprise ending. Not bad.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa51bfb88) out of 5 stars Great Summer Read! June 14 2013
By Mikeylynn - Published on
Format: Paperback
Denise Hunter is one of my favorite authors. Her writing is fun, romantic, God centered, and entertaining. This book is no exception, it is the perfect summer read. Madison has held a lot of pain from the loss of her twin brother and decides she needs to make her brother's dream come true. Afraid of water and unable to swim she signs up for sailing lessons and fixes up her brother's boat. Much to her dismay she discovers the man she set lessons up with is unable to teach her, someone is sent in his place. As the story continues, Madison grows and confronts her past, even when secrets come out in the open.

I really loved this book, I read it in one evening. Fun characters, believable story line, and I really liked Madison's family. Highly recommend!

"I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review."
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa51bfbdc) out of 5 stars Overcoming Fears and Obstacles - Love Conquers Sept. 14 2013
By Kindle Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter. It is an easy read that you don't want to put down until you have finished the book. The characters are well developed and there is a bit of mystery surrounding the hero that makes you wonder how things will work out between him and the heroine.

Madison McKinley, a vet, has to face her biggest fear to meet her goal that she has set for herself - to win the Sailing Regatta before she turns 27; a goal that originally was the goal of her deceased twin brother. In order to meet her goal, she must win the bid for sailing lessons that are being auctioned off. She wins the bid, but her plans backfire on her when the instructor has some family emergencies and asks Beckett O'Reilly to teach the lessons. While Madison has had a crush on Beckett since high school, she blames him for her sister, Jade's, disappearance, and is Madison's biggest rival for winning the Sailing Regatta. Beckett also has feelings for Madison, but blames himself for her twin brother's death and feels that he isn't worthy of her due to his family background. Will Madison and Beckett be able to overcome the obstacles and find love? What will happen to Madison's dream when her partner for the Regatta has an emergency and can't make it? Will she still be able to sail or will she have to give up on her dreams?

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa500d030) out of 5 stars Loved Beckett O'Reilly May 31 2013
By Teresa E. Snyder - Published on
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Denise Hunter has done it again. Great book. Great story. And the best part, with the large McKinley family there will (hopefully) be lots of books in the series.

Beckett O'Reilly is the son of the town drink. The former high school bad boy (who doesn't love a bad boy) who later turned to God. He has been in love with Madison McKinley since high school, but she was way out of his league.

Madison has been grieving her twin brother, Michael's, death for 10 years. She is so angry that God took Michael that she's closed her heart to him, and everyone else.

Madison's hopeful winning the sailing regatta, something Michael wanted to do, will put an end to the hurt and pain caused by his death. There's just one small problem, she doesn't know how to sail, and she's afraid of water. She turns to Beckett for help. And the sparks fly ... In more ways than one.

Adored Beckett. Madison, not as much. At least in the beginning. The ending was a sigh type of ending. I can't wait for the next book.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa500d018) out of 5 stars Delightful Romance Aug. 7 2013
By Karen Zemek - Published on
Format: Paperback
Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter is a delightful Christian romance novel. Madison is a vet with a close family, but is still grieving over the death of her twin brother who died suddenly as a teenager. His dream was to win the Ragatta (annual sailing race) before his 27th birthday. Madison suffers from nightmares related to his death and thinks that if she wins the race with his boat, it will put an end to them. Beckett teaches her how to swim and how to sail and they both experience chemistry between them. Beckett doesn't feel he's good enough for Madison because he had a lot of family issues. Madison tries to deny her attraction to him because of his reputation from high school and the incident between him and her sister for starters.

This is a light, enjoyable read with some exciting parts. I could easily identify with Madison's feelings when she was learning to swim and although the ending is predictable, it did have a surprise along the way. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys Christian romance novels or sailing.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa500d4d4) out of 5 stars Slow to start but good in the end June 5 2013
By D. Kinney - Published on
Format: Paperback
The first half of this book was too slow. The author doled out the backstory piece by piece which took up too much print. I was starting to get bored with the book and would have put it down if not for this review. The second half the of the book was interesting and exciting. The pace of the story started to pick up and the story line was finally interesting.

The story is about Madison McKinley who struggles with the loss of her twin brother who died tragically 10 years ago. She stuffed her emotions and tried to move with life, but that never works. She finally has to face her emotions and the truth of what happened. When she does, she finds hope.

I liked the story, but I wish the backstory was not so slow in developing. I still recommend the book because of how the characters had to deal with real emotions and face real truths in their lives.

Thomas Nelson provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.